|“||I've got a Ph.D in Horribleness!||„|
|~ Dr. Horrible's catchphrase.|
Dr. Horrible (real name: Billy) is the titular villain protagonist of the 2008 musical comedy-drama miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
He was portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, who also played Count Olaf in Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Foy in A Million Ways To Die in the West, Music Meister in Batman: The Brace and the Bold, John Tagman in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ray Thompson in Justice League, Chester Creb in American Horror Story: Freak Show, and Dr. Blowhole in The Penguins of Madagascar.
Despite being technically a supervillain, Dr. Horrible has better intentions than his ironically more villainous superhero nemesis known as Captain Hammer. His first goal is to win the heart of his crush Penny, and his second goal is to become part of the Evil League of Evil.
His friend is his own sidekick Moist. As he boasts about his exploits via his blog, he receives a letter from the League's leader, Bad Horse, stating (in the song) that in order to be admitted, Dr. Horrible must commit a show of force ("A murder would be nice, of course"). Of course, he fails and receives a phone call from Bad Horse saying that the only way to be accepted now is to commit an assassination.
Horrible is initially hesitant, but after his nemesis, Captain Hammer says that he's going to sleep with Penny merely out of spite, Horrible targets Captain Hammer and creates a Death Ray. After interrupting a press conference where Captain Hammer is speaking, he uses a freeze ray on his nemesis but can't bring himself to pull the trigger.
Eventually, the freeze ray shuts down, and Hammer strikes back, causing the Death Ray to malfunction and explode, causing Captain Hammer to feel pain for the first time, as well as killing Penny.
Although he succeeded in becoming part of the Evil League of Evil, Dr. Horrible was also responsible for the death of the girl of his dreams. Therefore, he got everything he wanted, but lost the one thing he wanted the most.